Health Programme



3rd Health Programme

Name of the Programme

Description of the call


Pilot project — Primary prevention courses for girls living in areas with higher risk of breast cancer

This call targets research studies in diverse geographical areas in the EU with high incidence rates of breast cancer, to represent identifiable environmental factors that could lead to high risks.

The main focus is that of addressing these actions to young cohorts on prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The study will review the evidence of the polluting agents and their impact on breast cancer with full scientific justification.

One call will be organized and the proposal selected shall cover the main priority areas.   

January 31, 2017

Pilot project — Severe mental disorders and the risk of violence: pathways through care and effective treatment strategies

This pilot project will identify factors associated with risk of violence to self and others in patients with severe mental disorders. Measures should focus on: assessing tools for the ability to predict violence risks, evaluating effective in-patient and out-patient treatment and develop preventative and supportive measures to assist in planning of services, and comparing specialized secure services of in and out care with national variations.

The expected results should provide added European value information to improve the quality of mental health care for population in countries with different health and legal systems.

One call will be organized and the proposal selected shall cover the main priority areas.

January 31, 2017

Pilot project — INTEGRATE: Development of integrated strategies to monitor and treat chronic and rheumatic diseases: the role of quality indicators and patient reported outcomes in addition to the physician evaluation of disease activity and damage

The main priority areas for this pilot project to be implemented through the present call:

• To factor in the result of the combination of different components (disease activity, damage consequent to the disease itself or the treatment, comorbidities, drug toxicity, quality of life and disease burden on patients) in optimal treatment and management of chronic diseases means that these aspects have to be factored in.
• To consider chronic musculoskeletal conditions as priorities in chronic disease prevention; and

• To focus on exploring the potential of specific quality indicators, and patient-reported outcomes in addition to the more traditional reports of physicians towards developing an effective strategy to prevent and treat musculoskeletal diseases such as rheumatic diseases, focusing on rheumatic connective tissue diseases, taking multimorbidity as well as integrated care for such patients into account.

One call will be organised and the proposal selected shall cover the main priority areas.

January 31, 2017

Pilot project — Mentally - access to mental health care and improving mental health literacy

This call aims to target the issue of lack or inadequacy of treatment, or overtreatment. Thus the main priorities to be implemented are:

• The development and testing of a multi-applicable framework across European countries and stakeholders in order to achieve the adequate (as needed) access to mental health care (in terms of diagnose and treatment in women and men) in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders within the field of mental health. This should help reducing excessive treatment of individuals in mental distress that do not need specialized help and facilitate best treatment of those who need specialized care.

 • To increase primary care professionals’ competencies, evaluate organization and capacity of care systems, and improve patient outcomes by developing different tools.

The expected result will be a network to add value at European level to help patients. Recommendations will be made to optimize referral processes related to mental disorders and to develop guidelines for evidence-based treatments, with a view to improving patient outcomes and decreasing health inequalities.

One call will be organized and the proposal selected shall cover the main priority areas.

January 31, 2017

Pilot project — Establishing a Registry of Rare Congenital Malformations (as part of the Rare Diseases Registry), drawing on the structure, organization and experience of the Registry of Congenital Malformations

The key objective of this pilot project is to set up a registry of rare congenital malformations as a part of rare diseases national registers. The project should be implemented at a national level.

• The secondary aim of the project is to provide an example of how to extend an existing birth defects registration and surveillance system to a rare diseases registration system.

• The birth defects registration system has already been set up in several MSs as part of the EUROCAT surveillance network. The pilot project provides a model for exploring whether a birth defects registry can be extended to form a rare diseases registry.

• The pilot project should contribute to the development of an EU Platform on Rare Diseases Registration to provide a common access point to data collections on rare diseases across Europe and to be compatible with platform tools.

One call will be organized and the proposal selected shall cover the main priority areas.

January 31, 2017